New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has decided that people can still get married New York despite the city being lockdown. Governor Cuomo has signed a special executive order permitting people to get married online. All wedding ceremonies had been halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but special measures have been introduced to allow couples to tie the knot. The procedure weddings lockdown now entails applying a marriage license online and having clerks conducting the ceremony virtually. Mr Cuomo said the new online weddings would be legally binding. A city official said: "The executive order will temporarily suspend a provision law that requires -person visits."
The new executive order means couples can get wed video conferencing. This was previously not recognised as a legal way getting married. Mr Cuomo joked to reporters that: "There is now no excuse when the question comes for marriage. You can do it Zoom." Mr Cuomo did not say whether Zoom was the only tele-conferencing platform that people could use their happy day. The platform does allow guests to attend online. Stay--home measures have been extended New York until least the 15th of May. It could be months after that before social distancing measures are lifted. This means gatherings events such as weddings may continue to be held online.